With Brandin Cooks already ruled out for Week 10, the Los Angeles Rams will look to Josh Reynolds to step up on offense.
As expected, Brandin Cooks has already been ruled out for Sunday’s game against the Pittsburgh Steelers after the Los Angeles Rams wideout suffered his second concussion of the year back in Week 8 against the Cincinnati Bengals.
What’s even more concerning for the Rams is this happened to be the fifth concussion for Cooks since joining the NFL, which is part of the reason why the organization is taking a day-to-day approach for now with the situation.
Due to his quickness and speed, there’s no question the absence of Cooks for Sunday’s game in Pittsburgh is devastating when seeing what he brings to the table, but also the wideout’s health is always going to be a top priority, no matter what.
On a positive note, now that Cooks has already been ruled out for Sunday, this means Josh Reynolds will have another opportunity to step up against the Steelers, and show why the Rams continue to keep him around after all these years.
Back in 2017 when Los Angeles was in desperate need of help at the wide receiver position, Reynolds was selected in the fourth round of the draft, which coincidentally was one round after Cooper Kupp.
Over the last three years, Reynolds hasn’t come anywhere close to seeing as much action as some of his teammates at wide receiver, but there have been numerous occasions when he’s stepped up for Los Angeles when needed the most.
Take a look at last season for example after Reynolds did a great job filling in for the most part after Kupp suffered a torn ACL, as this is the perfect example of why the Rams will be just fine in the meantime without Cooks.
Reynolds may not have the type of quickness or speed that Cooks brings to the table, but as long as he finds a way to produce on offense, this is what Los Angeles really cares about the most.
Despite sitting at 5-3, the Rams technically wouldn’t even be in the playoffs if the regular season were to end right now, meaning any extra help they can get from Reynolds and other players will be extremely important moving forward.
Many will rightfully make the case that not having Cooks will put Los Angeles at a major disadvantage on Sunday in Pittsburgh, but hopefully with Reynolds taking on a larger role, things will end up being just fine on offense for the Rams.